Daily Devotional (HL)

Today’s Verse – James 4:17

2024-04-17T00:30:46-05:00

Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn't do it, sins. —James 4:17 Thoughts on Today's Verse... James' brother, Jesus, taught this principle when he healed on the Sabbath (Mark 3:1-7) and told the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:29-37). If we have the opportunity and ability to do good to someone in need, then if we don't do it, then we are participating in their destruction. The LORD made it clear that neglecting to do a good deed for another in need, even if we had a religious excuse for not doing it, was doing [...]

Today’s Verse – James 4:172024-04-17T00:30:46-05:00

Today’s Verse – Ephesians 4:16

2024-04-16T00:30:50-05:00

From [Christ] the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. —Ephesians 4:16 Thoughts on Today's Verse... Ephesians and Colossians emphasize that no human being, or even a group of human beings, is the head of the Church. Jesus alone is the head of the Church. He sets our direction. He is our example. Christ is our goal for ministry and maturity (Colossians 1:28-29). Jesus also gifts people in his Church and arranges us in his Body as he chooses, giving us gifts he wants us [...]

Today’s Verse – Ephesians 4:162024-04-16T00:30:50-05:00

Today’s Verse – 1 Timothy 4:15-16

2024-04-15T00:30:44-05:00

Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers. —1 Timothy 4:15-16 Thoughts on Today's Verse... "Be diligent!" That's not a phrase, a command you hear much about these days. We want things to come easily. Sweat in the world of pseudo-faith is frowned upon. But Paul wanted Timothy (and us) to know that maturity in Christ requires genuine effort — as Paul said, "give yourself wholly to them" and "persevere in [...]

Today’s Verse – 1 Timothy 4:15-162024-04-15T00:30:44-05:00

Today’s Verse – 1 Thessalonians 4:14

2024-04-14T01:31:06-05:00

We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. —1 Thessalonians 4:14 Thoughts on Today's Verse... As horrible as the Cross was, it wasn't the final chapter of the Jesus' story. Jesus died and then rose again. We can believe two things because of Jesus' resurrection: That Jesus will return in glorious victory for those who have believed in him.That we will be with those we love who have fallen asleep in Christ when Jesus comes again and brings resurrection and reunion.These two truths allow [...]

Today’s Verse – 1 Thessalonians 4:142024-04-14T01:31:06-05:00

Today’s Verse – Philippians 4:13

2024-04-13T00:31:03-05:00

I can do everything through him [Christ] who gives me strength. —Philippians 4:13 Thoughts on Today's Verse... I don't know about you, but I know I've grown soft and spoiled because of all the conveniences I have allowed into my life. If these conveniences were to vanish suddenly, could I, would I, honor God with my praises and thanksgiving? I sure hope so. I am committed to doing so. I want to be like Paul and live with the assurance that I can withstand any situation with the help of Christ Jesus — even if it is imprisonment and the abandonment [...]

Today’s Verse – Philippians 4:132024-04-13T00:31:03-05:00

Today’s Verse – 1 Timothy 4:12

2024-04-12T00:31:13-05:00

Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity. —1 Timothy 4:12 Thoughts on Today's Verse... We must not dismiss the idealistic passions of our youth. If you are younger, you are not only part of the church of tomorrow; you are also God's servant today. Serve him mightily and be an example to those who are older! If you are older, don't look down on the enthusiasm of youth, but encourage it and be inspired to emulate it as you [...]

Today’s Verse – 1 Timothy 4:122024-04-12T00:31:13-05:00

Today’s Verse – 1 Peter 4:11

2024-04-11T00:30:50-05:00

If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen. —1 Peter 4:11 Thoughts on Today's Verse... God gave us gifts to use in his Kingdom at least for two primary reasons: To bring glory to God.To bless others.Whether we serve or speak, we are to do so with these two goals in mind, knowing that God will supply [...]

Today’s Verse – 1 Peter 4:112024-04-11T00:30:50-05:00

Today’s Verse – 1 John 4:10

2024-04-10T00:30:52-05:00

This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. —1 John 4:10 Thoughts on Today's Verse... Love is demonstrated, not just communicated verbally. When the Scriptures tell us that God loves us, they always show God's actions that demonstrate that love. Here, John wants us to realize that God's love goes first. God demonstrates and shares his love with us before we demonstrate our love for him. He doesn't wait till it is safe to love us. He doesn't wait until he will get something in [...]

Today’s Verse – 1 John 4:102024-04-10T00:30:52-05:00

Today’s Verse – Philippians 4:9

2024-04-09T00:31:29-05:00

Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me — put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. —Philippians 4:9 Thoughts on Today's Verse... I don't know about you, but I genuinely hope my life reflects what I say and teach. What a great statement to be able to make to those we lead, whether in the classroom, with our families, while at work, or serving in the church: Put into practice the actions you have seen in my life and heard me instruct you to do. Wow. Paul's statement shows [...]

Today’s Verse – Philippians 4:92024-04-09T00:31:29-05:00

Today’s Verse – James 4:7-8

2024-04-08T01:30:49-05:00

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. —James 4:7-8 Thoughts on Today's Verse... James always packs a lot of truth into short messages. Let's focus on the center of this call to holiness: "Submit yourselves, then, to God. ... Come near to God..." Let's draw our hearts closer to God. When we come into God's presence and draw close to him, we know our thoughts, motives, and behaviors will be seen for [...]

Today’s Verse – James 4:7-82024-04-08T01:30:49-05:00
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